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Secondary School Credentials

Students who are applying during their last year of secondary school should clearly state the name of the certificate they expect to receive and when. They should send an official school transcript with the application and send the original or certified copies of the credentials listed below when available. Admissions may request additional credentials as needed.

Boston University believes that superior results on some leaving examinations demonstrate a level of achievement beyond most standard high school programs, which is factored into the evaluation for admission. The University recognizes that such high-scoring students are well prepared to enter the University’s most competitive programs.

Please see Advanced Credit for more information.

Please note that all of the below credentials must come with your final secondary school transcript and leaving exam scores if applicable. Also, please be sure to submit copies of all qualifying exams taken throughout secondary school (for example: IGCSE final certificates, Class 10 Secondary School Examination Certificates for India, etc.) as these are also necessary to complete your application.

Select Your Country to View Credentials Required

Algeria

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate of Secondary Education (Baccalauréat de l‘Enseignement Secondaire)

Argentina

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Bachiller)

Australia

State Credentials Accepted for Admission
Australian Capital Territory ACT Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
Queensland Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
South Australia South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmania Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victoria Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Western Australia Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

Austria

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Matura (Reifeprüfung)

Bahrain

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Bangladesh

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)

Belgium

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS)/Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs/Abschluβzeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts)

Brazil

Credentials Accepted for Admission
High School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Conclusão de Segundo (2º) Grau / Certificado de Ensino Médio)

Bulgaria

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Diploma of Completed Secondary Education (Diploma za Zavurcheno Sredno Obrazovanie)

Canada

Province Credentials Accepted for Admission
British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
Ontario Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Québec Secondary Leaving Certificate and one to two years of CEGEP
Other Provinces High School Diploma

Chile

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Diploma of Middle Education (Licencia de Educación Media)

China

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Graduation Certificate (毕业证书 (高中))

Colombia

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Secondary School Diploma (Bachiller)

Cyprus

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Apolyterion)

Czech Republic

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Maturity Certificate (Maturitní vysvědčení)

Denmark

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination (Studentereksamen (STX))

Egypt

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary Education Certificate (Thanawiyya al-A’aamaI)

Finland

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Upper Secondary School Completion Certificate (Lukion päättötodistus / Avgångsbetyg)
Matriculation Examination Certificate (Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg)

France

Credentials Accepted for Admission
French Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat général)

Germany

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Abitur

Greece

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Certificate (Apolytirio Lykeiou)

Hong Kong

Credentials Accepted for Admission
HKDSE
HK A-Levels
HKCEE and Lower Form VI transcript

Iceland

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Certificate (Stúdentspróf)

India

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Higher Secondary Certificate/ISC (State board exams may also be considered for admission)

Indonesia

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Diploma (Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas)

Ireland

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Leaving (Senior) Certificate (Ardteistiméireacht)

Israel

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Matriculation Certificate (Te’udat Bagrut (תעודת בגרות))

Italy

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Diploma of Maturity (Diploma di Maturita)

Japan

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (高等学校卒業証明書))

Jordan

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary Education Certificate

Kazakhstan

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (аттестат о среднем образовании))

Korea, Republic of

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Diploma (인 문계 고등학교 졸업장)

Lebanon

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Lebanese Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat Libanais)

Malaysia

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Malaysian Higher School Certificate (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), formerly known as the Higher School Certificate (HSC))

Mexico

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate Certificate (Certificado de Bachillerato)

Morocco

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat)

The Netherlands

Credentials Accepted for Admission
University Preparatory Education Diploma (VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs))

New Zealand

Credentials Accepted for Admission
National Certification of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3

Nigeria

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC)

Norway

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate (Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole)

Pakistan

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Higher Secondary School Certificate

Peru

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Completion of General Secondary Education (Certificado de educación secundaria común completa)

Russia

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Complete Secondary General Education (Attestat o Srednem Polnom Obshchem Obrazovanii (Аттестат о среднем полном общем образовании))

Saudi Arabia

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat Al-Marhalat Al-Thanawiyyat)

Singapore

Credentials Accepted for Admission
2 years of GCE A-Level Study (Students with 1 year of A-Level study – completion of AS Levels only – may also be considered for admission.)

South Africa

Credentials Accepted for Admission
National Senior Certificate (NSC)

Spain

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Título de Bachillerato)

Sweden

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School (Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola)

Switzerland

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Matura (Certificat de Maturité/Maturität/Attestato di Maturità)

Taiwan, R.O.C.

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Diploma (高中文凭)

Thailand

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6))

Turkey

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary School Diploma (Lise Diploması)

United Kingdom

Credentials Accepted for Admission
2 years of GCE A-Level Study (Students with 1 year of A-Level study – completion of AS Levels only – may also be considered for admission.)

Venezuela

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Título de Bachiller)

Vietnam

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Certificate (Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Trung Học Phổ Thông)

Latin American Countries

Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay: The Bachillerato

Caribbean Countries

Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago: Official General Certificate of Education (GCE) and CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate)

More Information

If your country is not listed here and you do not know the proper credentials, please contact us.

Credentials for which possible credit is indicated are evaluated according to both the examination results (grades, marks, notes, and so on) and the syllabus. Courses whose syllabi do not compare closely with the courses offered in the Boston University curriculum cannot serve as the basis for advanced standing.